Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Aging and Geriatric Practice is a 15-credit-hour program that provides the foundational knowledge of geriatric medicine students need to advance their careers in the field of aging.

By the year 2025, the U.S. will need 33,200 geriatricians. Yet there are only about 7,000 geriatricians in the nation, despite these professionals reporting high salaries and levels of career satisfaction. The workforce will desperately need physicians who specialize in the care of older adults, especially in the years to come. Fortunately, our graduate certificate program is helping to train the next generation of geriatricians.

Our graduate certificate program is affordable, asynchronous and entirely online — like our master’s degree program. However, our graduate certificate program is designed specifically for students who aspire to enroll in health-profession school. In as little as one year, students can improve their resumes, differentiate themselves from their competitors and impress admission committees at the medical school of their choosing. No clinical experience is required to apply.

All 15 credit hours earned in this graduate certificate program can be applied to the MS in gerontology or the MS in medical physiology and aging, so long as you are accepted and earn a “B” or higher. Completion of our graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission into either of our master’s degree programs, but it may help satisfy admission requirements.

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Required Core Courses

Course number course title credits spring summer fall
GMS 6099 Research Methods in Gerontology 3 X X X
GMS 6483 Theories of Aging 3 X
GMS 6484 Geriatric and Age-Related Disease 3 X X X
GMS 6486 Biology of Aging 3 X X X
GMS 6771 Clinical Neuroscience of Aging 3 X X X

Graduation Requirements

To earn this graduate certificate, students must complete the required 15 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.0.